Video: Mikel Arteta appears defensive on Runarsson’s selection

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta appears defensive as he is quizzed on the terrible error by Alex Runarsson which allowed Riyad Mahrez’s tame free-kick to beat him.

The Icelandic shot-stopper was perfectly placed to deny the Algerian’s shot, which he should have caught comfortably, only to fumble it into the back of the net.

The goal meant that Arsenal’s equaliser now meant for nothing, before going onto lose the match 4-1.

Arteta moved to defend his selection, not that it was questioned, which tell me he was likely questioning the decision himself…


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  1. I’d like us to move away from criticism of the keeper. He was selected to play in the biggest game of his life and I’m sure he was excited with the prospect. I hear he has been abused on social media since and I personally have no time for these so called supporters doing this. We, as fans now need to get behind our club and support every player whether they perform or not.

    1. If you’re right about the abuse he received on social media this is disgraceful ,these people really need to get themselves a life outside football/Arsenal.

    2. Very sad to hear him being abused, hope the lad overcomes it and puts it to rest. Although I would have preferred Mat or Arthur to depute for Leno, but every keeper does have a howler – ask Loris, De Gea, Kepa. With Kolasinac and Mustafi in front of him against MC, I admire the guts of Runar to take to the field in the first place.

  2. These days ever team, has a decent back up keeper,even Brighton could drop Matt Ryan because they thought he was too mistake prone. So there is nothing wrong with Arteta selecting his number two especially during a congested fixtures list. He is an international who has played against some of the best strikers in Europe. One would have expected him to be a steady hand. him

  3. On a different note. Arsenal should be amongst the first teams to buy a player in January. And I will suggest we get 2 creative midfielders ASAP. Get Auoar Lyon and Eriksson from Inter Milan. If we can convince Eriksson to join us, I will be glad. I dont care if he once played for Spurs. He still has it in him. Very good on set piece. Maybe a loan move for him. The problem we have is the midfield. That midfield needs a complete overhaul. Arteta should play a 4231 formation. We need goals from midfield. A midfield combination of Ceballos and Xhaka does not make sense. We have to act fast.

  4. It’s totally disgusting what supporters done to that lad,
    It’s not his fault arsenal bought him, he is no way near good enough to play in the premiership,
    If we don’t get rid of this idiot of a manager and edu and at least 5 or 6 of these deadwood, get a new manager in and give him some funds and build for next season.

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